Erub (Darnley) Island, is one Australia’s most remote communities, located in the Torres Strait Islands, 160km north east of Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula. Artists from Erub Arts work with ghost nets, fishing nets that have been abandoned at sea and left to drift with the ocean currents and tides continuing to catch fish, trapping and killing marine fauna.

The artists have skilfully transformed the ghost nets to create an immersive installation of an underwater world including vivid coral, and magnificent sculptural fish, turtles, sharks and jellyfish. Ghost Nets of the Ocean shares the artists’ concern for the loss of marine life and environmental damage caused by these rogue nets, bringing to light the irreparable harm that discarded nets cause to local marine life.

detail: Sarah-Dawn Gela, (middle left to right) Nancy Naawi, Ethel Charlie, Florence Gutchen, (back) Nancy Kiwat, Racy Oui-Pitt, Lavinia Ketchell with their squids, 2017, photo: Lynnette Griffiths

Ethel Charlie, Solomon Charlie, Marion Gaemers, Rachel Emma Gela, Sarah-Dawn Gela, Lynnette Griffiths, Florence Gutchen, Lavinia Ketchell, Lorenzo Ketchell, Nancy Kiwat, Nancy Naawi, Racy Oui-Pitt, Alma Sailor,Ellarose Savage, Jimmy K. Thaiday, Jimmy J. Thaiday,